Cricket

Cook double-century carries England to 514-8 dec. vs. WI

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Alastair Cook's 243 carried England to 514-8 declared against the West Indies and a powerful position on Day 2 of the day-night test on Friday.

West Indies was 44-1 in reply when rain ended play early and saved the tourists from having to face a full final session under the floodlights at Edgbaston.

West Indies is still a long way behind in the series opener, trailing by 470 runs and already a man down. Kraigg Brathwaite fell for a duck to James Anderson, caught behind by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.

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Smith: Khawaja a likely starter in 1st Bangladesh test

DARWIN, Australia (AP) Captain Steve Smith says Usman Khawaja could return to the Australian lineup for the first time since January in the long-awaited first test in Bangladesh.

Smith said he was unsure whether Glenn Maxwell would retain the No. 6 spot in the order, with fellow allrounder Hilton Cartwright being considered for a call-up as the Australian squad braces for wet weather in Dhaka. (MORE)

Mitch Starc to miss tour of India, hopes to be fit for Ashes

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Fast bowler Mitchell Starc will miss Australia's limited-overs and Twenty20 tours of India starting next month as he continues his recovery from a foot injury.

Australia will arrive in India on Sept. 17 for five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches, but Starc has been ruled out with selectors hoping the extra rest will help ensure he's available for the five-test Ashes series beginning late November in Brisbane. (MORE)

Root, Cook make centuries in England's 1st day-night test

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Joe Root and Alastair Cook marked England's first foray into day-night test cricket with centuries, leading the home team to 348-3 against the West Indies on Day 1 of the series-opener on Thursday.

The captain and former captain eased England's concerns over how they would deal with the challenge of batting against the pink ball with a 248-run partnership for the third wicket. (MORE)

England wins toss, bats in day-night test vs West Indies

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) England captain Joe Root won the toss and chose to bat against West Indies on Thursday in the first day-night test to be played in England.

England and West Indies will open their three-match series at Edgbaston with the first test played under lights and with a pink ball since Australia beat Pakistan in Brisbane in December last year. It's the fifth day-night test to be played, and the first outside of Australia and the United Arab Emirates. (MORE)

Sri Lanka cricket calls for support to team amid slump

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka's captain and administrators on Wednesday called for support and encouragement for the national cricket team following a 3-0 defeat in a test series against India.

Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala and captain Upul Tharanga told reporters that they will be approaching the upcoming five-match one-day international series against India with a positive mindset, despite being comprehensively beaten and outplayed in the test series. (MORE)

England-West Indies test series begins with day-nighter

(AP) -- Before this week, Stuart Broad only had one experience of bowling with a pink cricket ball - and that was sending down a delivery in a demonstration for a British TV channel in June.

On Thursday, the England paceman will be playing an international match with them, one of a raft of new challenges facing him and his teammates in Birmingham in their first-ever day-night test. (MORE)

India whitewashes Sri Lanka with big win in 3rd test

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) India reinforced its position as the top-ranked team in test cricket by completing a rare 3-0 series whitewash in Sri Lanka with an innings victory inside three days in the third test on Monday.

Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took four wickets and seamer Mohammed Shami three as India bowled Sri Lanka out for 181 in its second innings, sealing victory by an innings and 171 runs. (MORE)

India beats Sri Lanka by innings and 171 runs in 3rd test

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs in the third test on Monday for a 3-0 series whitewash.

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India in charge of the 3rd test; Sri Lanka 19-1 following on

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) India is in a winning position in the third and final cricket test as Sri Lanka, following on, reached 19 for one at stumps on the second day Sunday.

The hosts still need 333 runs with nine wickets in hand to avoid an innings defeat. (MORE)